• Com bui (Dust meal)
    16:43 | 09/05/2018
    "Cơm bụi" (literally "dust meal") is a recent coinage adopted by Hanoians. It means to have a meal at one of those many popular eateries that have invaded almost all sidewalks in the city.
  • From Sai Gon to Ho Chi Minh City
    14:04 | 04/05/2018
    Many foreign friends of mine prefer Ha Noi to Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh City). They find the latter too mordernised, almost another Bangkok. Its cosmopolitan character does not please them as does the historical depth and serenity of the ancient City of the Dragon - Thang Long (Ha Noi) - which was founded in the 11th century.
  • A visit to Three-Basin Lake - Hồ Ba Bể
    16:07 | 09/04/2018
    In the midst of a vast expanse of emerald water a small island emerges, made up of big blocks of limestone which look as if they had been piled up by a giant. The site is reminiscent of the Stone Forest in Kunming, southern China - the rocks seem desert-like, in stark contrast to the luxuriant tropical vegetation of Pò Già Mải - such is the name of the islet.
  • A toast to Vietnamese rice wine
    14:46 | 02/04/2018
    It is traditional in Viet Nam that women do not drink alcohol as it is considered to be a man’s domain. One Sino-Vietnamese proverb claims: “A man who does not drink is like a flag without wind.”
  • The month of festivities
    16:16 | 26/02/2018
    An old Vietnamese folk song reads: "The first month is given to Tết at home, the second to gambling, the third to festivities, etc." (The third month in the lunar calendar usually corresponds to April in the Gregorian calendar). 
  • Tet and the Vietnamese cultural identity
    14:50 | 30/01/2018
    "I have never seen in the world a festival as popular as the Vietnamese Tet and with a more humanistic character," writes culturologist Huu Ngoc.
  • Here comes Tết, the Lunar New Year
    16:10 | 18/01/2018
    In few weeks' time, Tết will usher in the Year of the Dog. To regard Tết simply as New Year's Day, as one would in the West, would betray a poor knowledge of the people of Vietnam. 
  • My village
    15:16 | 10/01/2018
    The village in the swampy lowlands extends between the major stream and its effluence, is built on raised ground for in the flood season the fields are under water.
  • A contribution to human happiness: Pho
    15:35 | 12/12/2017
    One day, as we were enjoying together some nem meat rolls in a Vietnamese restaurant in Paris, my friend Francoise C., reminded me of this wise saying by Brilliant Savarin: “La découverte d’un mets nouveau fait plus pour le bonheur du genre humain que la découverte d’une étoile” (The discovery of a new dish contributes more to human happiness than that of a new star). She was not joking: it was a serious thought.
  • The trees of Ha Noi
    16:57 | 28/11/2017
    In his beautiful album “Ha Noi Eternelle”, Renault-Hoang noted: “With its islets of verdure, its lakes with lotus in their banks, its boulevards lined with tamarind and flame trees which cast their appeasing shade on the facades of ancient colonial buildings, Ha Noi diffuses a subtle, discreet even secret and magic charm. One does not admire Ha Noi, one is not infatuated with the town for some time. One is attached to Ha Noi.”
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